Water Quality Standards

Photo courtesy of LVMWD Staff

Photo courtesy of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District

Beach water quality is directly linked to the health of our watersheds by natural creeks and manmade storm drains. Water run-off travelling through storm drains and open channels to the ociean is not treated and can carry litter as well as less visible pollution such as bacteria, viruses, and toxins. This pollution can be hazardous to people and marine wildlife.

To protect our world-famous beaches, we need to consider how our daily activities can impact the watershed. Take the pledge to “Keep It Clean, Malibu.”

The California State Water Resources Control Board establishes water quality goals to protect our surface water. Locally, these goals are overseen by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board who issues permits and requirements that ensure local agencies are working to protect the environment.